Posts tagged: "quilt finishing"

  1. Miss Rosie’s trick for a perfect pieced-border fit 👍🏻

    Posted by on August 20, 2018

    Carrie Nelson—a.k.a. the clever and talented designer behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company—does amazing things with pieced borders. Cracked Pots from Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites—this quilt features three pieced borders surrounding a center of Courthouse Steps blocks A pieced border is like a picture frame: it adds structure, balance, and beauty to the main attraction. When […]


  2. How to make single-fold binding: video (sew smart!) 📹

    Posted by on July 23, 2018

    Whether you bind your projects using a machine/hand-sewing combo or sew 100% by machine, binding provides that special finishing touch that makes our quilts complete. And what a joy it is to get to that nearly-done stage! There are lots of techniques for sewing double-fold binding (see here and here for a few), but have […]


  3. How to piece a large quilt back with scraps or fat quarters (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 9, 2018

    When it comes to big quilts, we give Stashtastic! author Doug Leko big props: he’s the king of ’em! He’s also well versed in the art of finishing big quilts. And what’s step one for finishing big quilts? Making a quilt back big enough to fit the quilt front! Doug included downloadable patterns for pieced […]


  4. How to make a design wall (for quilting sanity): 3 easy ideas

    Posted by on May 14, 2018

    You’ve just finished a pretty pile of quilt blocks—you’re ready to put your quilt top together! If you’ve ever tried to twist and turn blocks on the floor or on a table until they’re just right before you join them, you know it can be a hassle. Add a couple of kids breezing by and […]


  5. Do you free-motion doodle? Try this machine-quilting mashup

    Posted by on March 7, 2018

    If you’re like a lot of quilters (like we are), you’ve likely tried free-motion quilting. You’ve traced, you’ve doodled on paper, and you’ve mastered a few tried-and-true motifs on your machine, which you use all the time. You’re good at them, so you stick to them, right? But maybe those motifs are getting a little […]


  6. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Posted by on October 13, 2017

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it? Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on […]


  7. Troubleshooting sewing-machine tension: 5 simple steps

    Posted by on August 25, 2017

    How can you get the perfect thread tension before you start machine quilting? Look no further than Lori Kennedy’s book Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! In Lori’s book, you’ll learn all you need to know to create 61 whimsical motifs, including how to set up your machine, how to doodle to refine your technique, and yes—how […]


  8. Big blog hop! Piecing, quilting, and precuts (and a pincushion) + giveaway!

    Posted by on August 21, 2017

    It’s Martingale’s day on Christa Watson’s blog hop for her new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—welcome, everyone! I’m Karen Johnson, Martingale’s director of marketing. I’ll be your blog-hop host for today! The thing I love most about Christa Watson’s new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, is that she gives you a quilt to […]


  9. Have you tried machine quilting panels for practice? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 11, 2017

    How are your free-motion machine-quilting skills coming along? If you need a little practice (don’t we all?), Pat Sloan has a smart little tip: practice your free-motion quilting on printed fabric panels. A free-motion-quilted panel from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Why practice on panels? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to […]


  10. De-stash! 2 smart ways your stash can help you finish your quilts

    Posted by on May 5, 2017

    Ah, fabric stashes, we love you! You inspire us, you motivate us, you make our quilting dreams a reality. Sometimes. And then other times, we look at you and think: okay, you’ve gotten a little out of control here. Today we’re sharing two simple ideas for shrinking your stash—they’ll simultaneously make a dent in your […]